Opponent: University of Virginia Cavaliers
Series History: Virginia Leads 1-0
Notable Recent Games: The only time IU faced off with the Cavaliers came in 2009. The Hoosiers came into the game 3-2. They had lost to Michigan and Ohio State, but Hoosier fans knew if they could beat Virginia, there were 2 additional wins out there. They remained out there, as the Hoosiers spotted the Cavaliers 47 points before scoring a pity touchdown in the 4th quarter to make the final 47-7. Yeah. IU football.
What’s that? Everyone’s abandoning hope? We lost to Ball State? I see. This is serious. I was really hoping I wouldn’t have to break this out until there was a dispiriting loss later in the year. Maybe a blowout loss to Penn State, maybe blowing a winnable game against Illinois, but it turns out that we’re going to have to go ahead and break out the emergency delusions and excuses already. So here we go;
-It’s only one game. Just as a blowout win doesn’t mean a successful season, this disappointing loss does not condemn the Hoosiers to another losing season.
-Despite the loss, there were a lot of positives, Edward Wright-Baker showed a lot of competence in running the offense. The two running backs both came through. And that was a brilliant catch by Belcher.
-Okay sure, the defense didn’t look good, but it was mostly on the defensive line. If they can play better, the coverage will look better.
-Obviously losing to a MAC school is never good, but we should have given more credit to BSU. Their offensive line was very experienced, with 3 juniors and 2 seniors.
Besides, even if IU disappoints, at least I have the Bengals.
So with that settled, we can move on to the hellUVa game this week.
While the Hoosiers were busy lulling future opponents into a false sense of confidence, the Cavaliers were busy wasting their big win against in-state FCS rival William and Mary. Virginia beat the Tribe 40-3. The Cavaliers were impressive in every facet, racking up almost 500 yards of offense while the defense pitched a shutout for 55 minutes.
Sophomore quarterback Michael Rocco was efficient, going 21 for 29 for 174 yards. Freshman running back Kevin Parks had an impressive debut, rushing 16 times for 114 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Use this stat to impress your friends at the tailgate as you decide to have another few drinks instead of going into the game.
306. That’s the average weight of the Virginia offensive line, according to the pre-season depth chart. For comparison sake, the Ball State offensive line that pushed Indiana up and down the field weighed in at an average of 291.
Always remember this rule
No matter how tempting it may be, do not text, tweet or otherwise contact a Purdue fan to taunt them about the Boilermakers pending result when the Hoosiers do not play until later that night.
Admit it. When Middle Tennessee State took a 7 point lead midway through the 4th quarter, you wanted to do it. When the Boilers had to settle for a field goal with 5 minutes left, your finger twitched for just a moment. But the Boilers fought off disaster with a last minute touchdown. And of course later that night, the Hoosiers, well, ya know. This served to remind us that no matter how embarrassing it might appear to be for the Boilers, it’s going to be worse for the Hoosiers.
I’d say the same thing applies to contacting Irish fans, but really, it’s simply too much fun to taunt them for anyone to reasonably ask for restraint.
Scouting Future Opponents:
South Carolina State(0-1) visits MEAC rival Bethune-Cookman
North Texas(0-1) hosts Houston in a desperate audition to be the 10th member of the the Big XII
Penn State(1-0) looks to see if #2 Alabama is better than Indiana State
Prediction: Despite the similarity in uniforms, no one will mistake IU for Oklahoma this year
I’m actually trying not to learn too much from last week’s game. Perhaps it’s all in my delusions, but I don’t think we learned anything about IU that we didn’t know, other than they are still quite capable of not playing well.
That said, I don’t see a lot of paths to victory unless IU becomes much stouter on both lines.
Virginia wins 33-17.
Gratuitous Cheap Shot Directed at Jack Trudeau
This week’s entry comes courtesy of the IU post game radio show with Jeremy Gray and Ken Bikoff, “The only thing I know about Jack Trudeau is that he was the worst Tecmo Bowl quarterback in history.”